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Bury St Edmunds
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although David Ruffley held on by just 368 votes over Labour in 1997, a Labour gain in rural Suffolk is not expected at the next General Election. Their support is confined to parts of Bury St Edmunds, especially those mainly in the north of the town which have received overspill population from London, and in the Mid Suffolk town of Stowmarket. The Conservatives pull back in the villages, and having led by 17 per cent in the Euro-elections of 1999 and regained St Edmundsbury council in the same year they have no recent record of failure at any level within this seat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Ruffley, dubbed by ex-MP Michael Brown "a new Tory rottweiler, shaping up to be the rudest MP", with an instinct for the jugular, narrowly won here in 1997. Politically ecumenical as Ken Clarke's former rightwing conscience, he served Clarke as special adviser at Education, Home Office and Treasury over five years up to 1996. Born 1962, educated at Bolton School and Queen's College Cambridge, he was originally with the City law form of Clifford Chance. He has enjoyed baiting Chancellor Brown on tax levels and Geoffrey Robinson, and the self-styled Cardinal Wolsey, Lord Chancellor Irvine on wallpaper. A single currency opponent he strongly defends first-past-the-post voting and is pencilled-in for eventual high office as long as he fights off the challenge of Labour's Mark Ereira who fought the seat in 1997. A regional manager with Lloyds TSB Foundation, he was previously a charity worker with Suffolk Acre. He was born in 1961 and was educated at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, King's College Cambridge and Kent University.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.07% 14.99% 133.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 4.30% 2.13% 202.29
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.99% 2.49% 160.62
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.38% 4.43% 234.52
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.14% 7.27% 166.85
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.20% 2.56% 7.69
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.04% 2.04% 1.92
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.14% 3.94% 3.45
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.64% 13.04% 158.26
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.23% 12.70% 64.78
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.64% 8.14% 69.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.99% 4.02% 99.17
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.30% 3.19% 72.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.83% 11.31% 69.22
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.03% 3.06% 0.99
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.09% 2.52% 3.52
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.89% 9.41% 83.85
5-10K 15.74% 16.63% 94.61
10-15K 16.97% 16.58% 102.35
15-20K 14.50% 13.58% 106.72
20-25K 11.27% 10.39% 108.47
25-30K 8.43% 7.77% 108.44
30-35K 6.21% 5.79% 107.25
35-40K 4.56% 4.33% 105.36
40-45K 3.37% 3.27% 103.07
45-50K 2.50% 2.48% 100.58
50-55K 1.87% 1.90% 98.02
55-60K 1.41% 1.47% 95.47
60-65K 1.07% 1.15% 92.98
65-70K 0.82% 0.91% 90.59
70-75K 0.64% 0.72% 88.31
75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 86.14
80-85K 0.39% 0.46% 84.09
85-90K 0.31% 0.37% 82.15
90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 80.33
95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 78.61
100K + 0.94% 1.34% 69.75

Local Map of the constituency
Bury St Edmunds - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bury St Edmunds - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.68%)
Conservative (-  7.56%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.71%)
Conservative (5.13%) Labour (0.82%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.27%)
Con - 7.56%
Lab 11.68%
LD - 8.71%
Con 5.13%
Lab 0.82%
LD - 4.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Ruffley
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.48%) 21,850 43.48%
Lab Labour (38.50%) 19,347 38.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.92%) 6,998 13.92%
Oth Other (4.10%) 2,062 4.10%
Maj Majority (4.98%) 2,503 4.98%
Turn Turnout (66.00%) 50,257 66.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Ruffley
Conservative hold
SL Michael Benwell 580 1.15%
I Mike Brundle 651 1.30%
L Mark Ereira 19,347 38.50%
UK John Howlett 831 1.65%
C David Ruffley 21,850 43.48%
LD Richard Williams 6,998 13.92%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Ruffley
Conservative
Con Conservative (38.34%) 21,290 38.34%
Lab Labour (37.68%) 20,922 37.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.19%) 10,102 18.19%
Ref Referendum (5.29%) 2,939 5.29%
Oth Other (0.49%) 272 0.49%
Maj Majority (0.66%) 368 0.66%
Turn Turnout (75.02%) 55,525 75.02%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.90%) 25,742 45.90%
Lab Labour (26.00%) 14,565 26.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.90%) 15,097 26.90%
Oth Other (1.20%) 666 1.20%
Maj Majority (19.00%) 10,645 19.00%
Turn Turnout (79.89%) 56,070 79.89%

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